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Consumer Advocate Mark Jala Issues Warning About New PFOA Free Nonstick Cookware

PFOA free nonstick cookware should be healthy cookware, right? It might not be. Consumer advocate Mark Jala issues a warning to all buyers of healthy and safe cookware that just because a cookware advertises as PFOA free that it may not be healthy or safe cookware. The problem lies in that huge companies making millions of dollars on PFOA over the years are not going to stand by and just watch that money go away. DuPont, 3M, and other makers of PFOA have replaced PFOA with another chemical compound. Time will tell just how good, or how bad, it really is.

Is PFOA Free Nonstick Cookware Healthy?

PFOA in Our Bodies Today

PFOA has been manufactured in industrial quantities since the 1940’s. It is not a new product. It helps create a slick surface. Today, PFOA is applied to pre-treated carpets, carpet care liquids, apparel, upholstery, textiles, medical garments, floor wax and wax removers, tile sealants, food contact paper, dental floss and of course, cookware. Studies show 98% of all people have PFOA in their bloodstream right now.

Imagine you come home from work, tired and exhausted. You take your coat off and walk on your ScotchGuard protected carpet and plop down on your stain resistant sofa. It feels so good to relax. You take in a good deep, relaxing breath. Little did you know that the dust you stirred up walking on the carpet and sitting down on the sofa lifted up tiny particles of PFOA that is now being inhaled in that relaxing deep breath. Congratulations, you are now one of the 98% that has PFOA in your system.

A good history about PFOA and how deceptive the manufacturers have been over time can be found here at Environmental Working Group.

PFOA Free Nonstick Cookware Consumer Warning

Consumer advocate, and founder of www.YourCookwareHelper.com, issues a warning to all buyers of PFOA free nonstick cookware. “If you think the new PFOA free nonstick cookware you are buying is healthy cookware, you may want to look again. DuPont, 3M and other manufacturers of PFOA products have replaced PFOA with another chemical compound. That new chemical compound may be what is in that new cookware you are considering. The bottom line is no one knows the health implications of that new chemical compound. PFOA started being made in the 1940’s and it wasn’t until the late 1990’s to early 2000’s before any action was even considered about PFOA. PFOA will have been in production 75 years before being voluntarily removed from products. How long will it take for the PFOA replacements to be fully vetted for health concerns?” says Mark Jala. “We just don’t know yet about these new products.”

Healthy Cookware Recommendations

Mark Jala recommends, until these new PFOA replacements can be fully vetted, to stick with the known healthy and safe cookware products. These products include:

  • Stainless steel
  • Ceramic
  • Cast iron and enameled cast iron
  • Clay
  • New variations in “green” cookware

Until the PFOA free nonstick cookware is fully vetted for safety, this website will show on the dashboard the following graphic(this change will be fully implemented in 2014):

Maybe Healthy Cookware  For more details on healthy cookware please see the other articles on this site:

  1. Healthy Cookware and Safe Cookware Trends
  2. Healthy Nonstick Cookware for Your Health and Cooking
  3. What is Safe Cookware and Healthy Cookware
  4. Is Anodized Aluminum Cookware Considered Safe Cookware?

Some of the favorite healthy cookware items recommended on this site include the following:

Scanpan Classic 8 Piece Cookware Set Scanpan Classic 8 Piece Cookware Set
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Cuisinart MCP-12N Multiclad Pro Stainless Steel 12-Piece Cookware Set Cuisinart MCP-12N Multiclad Pro Stainless Steel 12-Piece Cookware Set
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Cuisinart GreenGourmet Cookware

Cuisinart GreenGourmet cookware is PFOA free nonstick eco-friendly cookware. It comes in both stainless steel and hard anodized aluminum versions. While there are many attempting to offer PFOA free nonstick cookware worth their salt, Cuisinart comes through for a lower-priced version. It really is pretty good if one doesn’t expect it to be just as good as the PFOA chemical ridden DuPont variety. The Cuisinart GreenGourmet cookware in stainless steel is fully clad with aluminum for excellent heat distribution. The hard anodized aluminum version doesn’t need to be clad since it is already aluminum. 

Cuisinart GreenGourmet Cookware

  • Tri-ply stainless steel
  • Lifetime warranty

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My take on Cuisinart GreenGourmet Cookware

One does have to be a little careful with the Cuisinart GreenGourmet cookware. Does it work well? Absolutely. I’ve had my hard anodized version for a couple years now and it is showing little signs of wear. It does need to be hand-washed and it shouldn’t be used on medium-high to high heat. Most PFOA eco-friendly surfaces in this price range are a bit delicate and will start to stick and flake if not taken care of gently. 

Cuisinart GG-10 GreenGourmet Hard-Anodized Nonstick 10-Piece Cookware Set Cuisinart GG-10 GreenGourmet Hard-Anodized Nonstick 10-Piece Cookware Set
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Cuisinart GG22-30 GreenGourmet Hard-Anodized Nonstick 12-Inch Open Skillet Cuisinart GG22-30 GreenGourmet Hard-Anodized Nonstick 12-Inch Open Skillet
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Cuisinart GreenGourmet Cookware Set Details

Cuisinart GGT-10 GreenGourmet Tri-Ply Stainless 10-Piece Cookware Set

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  • 10 Pc. Set includes: GGT19-14 : 1 Qt. Saucepan w/Cover, GGT1925-18: 2.5 Qt. Saucepan w/Cover, GGT330-24H : 3 Qt. Sauté Pan w/Helper Handle & Cover, GGT44-24 : 6 Qt. Stockpot w/Cover, GGT22-20 : 8" Open Skillet, GGT22-24 : 10" Open Skillet
  • Exclusive Cuisinart Ceramica® Nonstick Technology - PTFE/PFOA-free and petroleum-free ceramic-based nonstick interior helps to reduce oil consumption and preserve the environment.
  • Healthy Cooking - Cuisinart Ceramica® nonstick surface makes it easy to cook low-fat meals.
  • Versatile Performance - Superior construction is suitable for all stovetops. Induction stovetop compatible.
  • Stay-Cool Eco-Friendly Handles - Riveted stainless stick handles stay cool and are made from 70% recycled stainless steel.

Emeril Hard Anodized Cookware by All-Clad

Emeril Hard Anodized Cookware is perfect for all home and professional cooks. The interior is brushed with Emeril’s patented triple-layer PFOA-free nonstick coating, which makes cleaning and maintenance simple. The hard anodized aluminum has also been designed to heat evenly to ensure no hot-spots when cooking. Additionally, the pots and pans come with Emeril’s signature long handles, which have been designed for your maximum comfort and remain cool to the touch at even the hottest stovetop cooking temperatures.

emeril Hard Anodized Cookware

The professional style handle has been ergonomically designed for balance, control and comfort.  The handle is permanently attached with stainless steel rivets. Tempered glass lids allow cooks to monitor the cooking progress. Glass lids are oven safe to 350 degree F. Emeril Hard Anodized cookware is oven safe to 450 degree F. Scratch-resistant and easy-to-clean polished Hard Anodized aluminum exterior surface offers durability. The inside nonstick surface is PFOA Free and Cadmium Free. Life time warranty is provided.

Emeril Hard Anodized Cookware

Please note the difference in oven temperatures for the glass lids versus the cookware itself. I give kudos to Emeril for coming out with a PFOA free nonstick surface.  

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Emeril by All-Clad E871SC64 Hard Anodized Nonstick Scratch Resistant Cookware Set, 12-Piece, Black Emeril by All-Clad E871SC64 Hard Anodized Nonstick Scratch Resistant Cookware Set, 12-Piece, Black
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